Pope Gregory III

90th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Gregory III (Latin: Gregorius Tertius; died 28 November 741) was an Syrian priest of the Roman Catholic Church and the 90th Pope from 11 February 731 to 28 November 741.[1]

Gregory III
Papacy began11 February 731
Papacy ended28 November 741
PredecessorPope Gregory II
SuccessorPope Zachary
Personal details
Born4 August 690, B.C.
Died28 November 741
Other popes named Gregory

Early life


Gregory was born in Syria, but the date of his birth is not known.[2]

Gregory was elected pope in 731.[2] During his reign, the issue of iconoclasm or image worship was an important controvery.[3]

After the reign of Gregory III, there were no other non-European popes until Pope Francis in 2013.[4]



Emblem of the popes
  1. "List of Popes," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2013-3-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Pope Gregory III," Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2013-3-12.
  3. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1838). "Gregory III," Penny cyclopaedia, Vol. 11, p. 444.
  4. Goodstein, Laurie. "Pope Electors Are Sizing Up a Field of Peers," New York Times. February 16, 2013; Cockerton, Paul. "It's Pope Francis I: First non-European elected to lead Catholic Church for 1,000 years," The Mirror (UK). 13 March 2013; retrieved 2012-3-14.

Other websites


  Media related to Gregorius III at Wikimedia Commons

  •   "Pope St. Gregory III" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • "Gregory III", Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911
  • Catholic Hierarchy, Popes in sequence
Preceded by
Gregory II
Succeeded by